Introduction of E-Biz Platform




Introduction of E-Biz Platform 


14 Central Government services have been integrated with eBiz portal.


S. No.
Ministry/ Dept. Name
Service  Name
1
Ministry of Corporate Affairs
Name Availability
2
Ministry of Corporate Affairs
Director Identification Number
3
Ministry of Corporate Affairs
Certificate of Incorporation
4
Ministry of Corporate Affairs
Commencement of Business
5
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Issue of Permanent Account Number (PAN)
6
Central Board of Direct Taxes
Issue of Tax Deduction Account Number (TAN)
7
Reserve Bank of India
Advanced Foreign Remittance (AFR)
8
Reserve Bank of India
Foreign Collaboration-General Permission Route (FC-GPR)
9
Employees’ Provident Fund Organization
Employer Registration
10
Employee’s State Insurance Corporation
Employer Registration
11
Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization
Issue of Explosive License
12
Directorate General of Foreign Trade
Importer Exporter Code License
13
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
Industrial License
14
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
Industrial Entrepreneur Memorandum

Besides applying to these 14 services, an option is also made available to business community on eBiz portal to apply through Composite Application Form and make one-time payment for obtaining ‘Company Incorporation’ from Ministry of Corporate Affairs; Permanent Account Number (PAN) & Tax Deduction Account Number (TAN) from Central Board of Direct Taxes; and ‘Employer Registration’ from Employees’ State Insurance Corporation and Employees Provident Fund Organisation. 

In addition to above 14 services, 12 Central Government services have been identified for integration with eBiz portal. The integration activities have commenced and these services are at various stages of integration.


List of 12 Central Government services

S.No.
Service
Department/ Ministry
1
Approval from Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB)
Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance
2
Annual Filing of Company Returns
Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA)
3
Constitution of the Firm- Partnership/ LLP Company
Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA)
4
Application for Environment Clearance
Ministry of Environment and Forest & Climate Change (MoEF)
5
Approval for diversion of forest land for non-forest purposes under section - 2 of the forest (conservation) act, 1980
Ministry of Environment and Forest & Climate Change (MoEF)
6
Issue of Import Export license of goods for Restricted items
Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT)
7
Changes or correction in PAN data
Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)
8
Issue of custom duty concession certificate to entrepreneurs under project import scheme
Department of Heavy Industry (DHI)
9
Registration under the Contract Labour Act, 1970
Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoL&E)
10
Registration under the Building and other construction workers Act, 1996
Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoL&E)
11
Registration under the Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act, 1979
Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoL&E)
12
Issuance of EM part-1 and part-2
Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MoMSME)

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
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Manufacturing Cities Envisaged in DMIC Project 

            As per the Perspective Plan prepared for the DMIC Project, 24 Investment Regions/Industrial Areas have been identified.
 List of proposed 24 Manufacturing Cities in Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project

S.No.
Manufacturing Cities
State
1
Ahmedabad-Dholera Special
Gujarat
2
Igatpuri-Nashik-Sinnar
Maharashtra
3
Khushkhera-Bhiwadi-Neemrana
Rajasthan
4
Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad
Uttar Pradesh
5
Manesar-Bawal
Haryana
6
Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow
Madhya Pradesh
7
Kundli- Sonepat
Haryana
8
Ajmer-Kishangarh
Rajasthan
9
Ratlam-Nagda
Madhya Pradesh
10
Bharuch-Dahej
Gujarat
11
Dhule-Nardhana
Maharashtra
12
Meerut-Muzaffarpur
Uttar Pradesh
13
Faridabad-Palwal
Haryana
14
Jaipur-Dausa
Rajasthan
15
Vadodara-Ankleshwar
Gujarat
16
Alewadi-Dighi
Maharashtra
17
Neemuch-Nayagaon
Madhya Pradesh
18
Rewari-Hisar
Haryana
19
Rajsamand-Bhilwara
Rajasthan
20
Pali-Marwar
Rajasthan
21
Surat-Navsari
Gujarat
22
Valsad-Umbergaon
Gujarat
23
Pune-Khed
Maharashtra
24
Shajapur-Dewas
Madhya Pradesh



 However, in the Phase-I of DMIC Project, following eight nodes have been taken up for development:-

Name of the Node
State
Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad Investment Region
Uttar Pradesh
Manesar-Bawal Investment Region
Haryana
Khushkhera-Bhiwadi-Neemrana Investment Region
Rajasthan
Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow Investment Region
Madhya Pradesh
Ahmedabad-Dholera Investment Region
Gujarat
Shendra Bidkin Investment Region
Maharashtra
Dighi Port Industrial Area
Maharashtra
Jodhpur Pali Marwar Industrial Area
Rajasthan

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.
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Development of CBIC 
The Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC) is being developed in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Master Planning Report on three identified Industrial Nodes i.e. Krishnapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Tumkur( Karnataka) and Ponneri ( Tamil Nadu) in the CBIC region has been submitted by JICA. The report has been accepted by DIPP.

The East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC) is envisaged from Kolkata (in West Bengal) to Tuticorin (in Tamil Nadu). The first phase of the ECEC focuses on the Vizag-Chennai section which runs from Vishakhapatnam (Vizag), Andhra Pradesh to Chennai, Tamil Nadu. ADB has submitted the Conceptual Development Plan report of Vizag Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) region. The report has been accepted by DIPP.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 
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Antarctica Expeditions 
           Indian Antarctic expedition commenced in 1981 that reached Antarctic on 08 January 1982. After operating from Ship and temporary shelters for two years, the first permanent research station “Dakshin Gangotri” was established in 1983 at 70.08˚S, 12.00˚ E over the Ice shelf in Central Dronning Maud Land region. The station was abandoned in 1990 as it got buried under snow.

Since 1988, research base Maitri (coordinates 70.77˚ S, 11.73˚ E) is operational in the central part of Schirmacher Oasis, in Central Dronning Maudland region of East Antarctica. The newly constructed Bharati station operational since March 2012, is located at 69.40˚S, 76.19˚E in Larsemann Hills, Antarctica.

India’s expedition is launched annually (once in a year) wherein about 100 to 120 members including Scientists, Engineers, Doctors and Tradesmen are sent in batches between November and January of the succeeding calendar year. So far there have been thirty five scientific expeditions including a parallel Weddle Sea Expedition in 1989 the year which had two expeditions. More than sixty institutes, R&D organizations, leading universities, survey organizations and IITs are taking part in the National endeavor and about 2500 scientists have carried out their scientific studies. A huge number of publications including international publications have been brought out by our scientists.   

 Currently 41 year-round permanent stations are operated by 30 nations.

The Maitri station is functional round the year. Currently, 24 personnel are deployed at the station. The Maitri Station occupies a strategic location in the Central Dronning Maud Land region of East Antarctica offering diverse opportunity of scientific research in disciplines
such as Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology; Earth Sciences including
Glaciology, Geomagnetism; Human Physiology and Medicine; Micro-biology; Environmental Sciences, etc.

   The total amount of expenditure incurred both in establishing Maitri, Dakshin Gangotri and Bharati as well as sending periodic expeditions to Antarctica since its inception, i.e from 1981-82 to 2014-15 is Rs. 1473.39 crores.

         Some of the significant contributions by Indian scientists to Antarctic research are:

(i)             Measurements of atmospheric ozone concentrations made from the Indian Antarctic research station “Maitri” reveal that the recovery of ozone depletion does not take place as fast in Antarctica as in the Arctic. 
(ii)                       India is among the first countries to take up magnetometer triangulation experiments in Antarctica to determine the presence and movement of small scale, auroral current systems. 
(iii)                     Magnetic field has been reported to decrease rapidly during last century in and around Maitri. Continuous magnetic measurements at Maitri however, indicate that the rate of decline has reduced considerably during last few years.
(iv)                      India also tapped the opportunity of observing Shadow Bands during the unique total Solar Eclipse on 23rd November 2003 studied by Indian scientists from the icy continent. The observations have been analysed for the study of shadow bands and their relation with Total Solar Eclipse, Antarctic lower Atmosphere Boundary Layer, Solar Corona and the other features of solar activity during declining phase of the sunspot cycle.
(v)                        Biological Research by India in Antarctica has been focused primarily towards enumeration of the microbial biodiversity of Antarctica and also to understand the molecular basis of cold adaptation. Research on the molecular basis of cold adaptation demonstrates that cold loving bacteria adapt to low temperatures by their ability to modulate membrane fluidity by regulating the synthesis of fatty acids and carotenoids. The study of the biodiversity of cyanobacteria and algae in fresh water and terrestrial ecosystems and chemical environment of the Schirmacher Oasis has revealed that various ecosystems differ significantly.
(vi)                      30 out of 240 new bacterial species discovered so far in Antarctica have been made by Indian scientists. Two genes namely t-RNA modification GTPase and aspratate aminotransferase have been identified as genes required for survival of bacteria at low temperature; a number of lipases and proteases active at low temperatures and useful for the biotechnology industry have also been identified.So far about 20,000 sq km area of the Wohlthat mountain ranges (which is in the backyard of Maitri) has been geologically mapped.
(vii)                    Geophysical studies have yielded gross features of the sub-glacial topography and thickness of the ice in the region south of the Schirmacher Oasis. 
(viii)                  Maitri is one of the Global Positioning System (GPS) stations contributing to the International database.
(ix)                      Analysis of snow/ ice cores data has provided valuable information on the spatial and temporal variability of snow accumulation in the Centra Droning Maud land (CDML) region. Near the erstwhile Indian Research Station ‘Dakshin Gangotri’, a net accumulation of 62.7cm was recorded during 1999-2001. Moving south towards the continental ice sheet, an average accumulation of 10cm/yr has been computed for the last 500 years from the ice core studies (core IND22/B4). Accumulation rates recently deduced from an ice core recovered from a continental ice sheet near the Humboldt Mountains indicate an average rate of ~70cm/yr for the past two decades.
(x)                        An ice core of 101.4 m ice core from the CDML was recovered during the summer of 2014- the longest by Indian scientists.
(xi)                      The major ion analysis of an ice core provides excellent marker horizons of many volcanic eruption events such as Krakatao (1883), Tambora (1815) and Huaynaputina (1600). Studies have also revealed that the tephra accreted during the Agung (1963) and Krakatao (1883) eruptions harboured microbial cells, suggesting that volcanic ash particles could provide a significant micro-niche for microbes and nanobes in the accreted ice.
(xii)                    A high-resolution ice core record from coastal Antarctica reveals a doubling of dust and trace element fluxes over East Antarctica since 1980s, coinciding with the enhanced intensity of southern westerlies and polar easterlies.
(xiii)                  Molecular-level characterization of dissolved organic matter in Antarctic snow shows that many of the identified supraglacial organic matter formulae are consistent with material from microbial sources, and terrestrial inputs of vascular plant-derived materials are likely more important sources of organic carbon to Antarctica than previously thought.
(xiv)                  A 54.5 MHz Moveable Atmospheric Radar (MARA) was installed at Maitri during the summer of 2014 as a collaborative venture between ESSO -NCAOR and Swedish Institute of Space Physics to study (a) the vertical transport and mixing processes in the polar troposphere and lower stratosphere under different meteorological conditions, and (b)  ice-cloud layers in the polar summer mesosphere to improve understanding of middle atmosphere dynamics and composition.
(xv)                    The palaeoclimatic data so far generated from Zub & Long lakes in Antarctica going back to 8,000 years before present indicate alternating arid - warm and humid climatic conditions.  Studies of the samples collected from marginal Antarctic lakes in the Vestfold Hills show the presence of types of foraminifera, reflective of marine influence in the past.
(xvi)                  Environmental magnetism studies carried out from one of the lakes of Schirmacher Oasis indicate that the glacial periods were characterized by high magnetic mineral concentrations. The Holocene period is characterized by alternating phase of relatively warm and cold events. This study also gives evidence of Schirmacher Oasis escaping full glaciations during the past 40,000 years.

These details were given by Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Y.S.Chowdary in Lok Sabha today in a written reply to a question.


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Weather Forecastingprovided to Neighbouring Countries 
Earth System Science Organization (ESSO)-Institutions are already providing specific weather and climate information and forecast products/services under various technical cooperation umbrellas to neighbouring countries including Nepal, Sri Lanka etc.

Operational forecasts for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand; Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (RIMES) member countries are provided regularly.

India as a Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is also providing weather guidance with respect to tropical cyclones for the WMO/ESCAP Panel countries namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Oman, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF) established under the aegis of the WMO is serving for the consensus generation of monsoon season rainfall forecast assessment considering all the forecast inputs from all available global sources including India.

This was stated by Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Y.S.Chowdary in Lok Sabha today in a written reply. 

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Cyclones 
Adoption of improved local forecast systems for the past 5-7 years have demonstrated enhanced forecast skill by about 18% quantitatively as far as the track and landfall forecasts of the tropical cyclones are concerned. Stating this in a written reply in Lok Sabha today the Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Y.S.Chowdary said the Earth System Science Organization–India Meteorological Department (ESSO-IMD) operates 24X7 monitoring of satellite and Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) based weather monitoring over the potential cyclogenic zones of the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea for detecting the cyclogenesis. The commissioning of the high performance computing (HPC) system has provided opportunity to assimilate satellite radiance, Doppler Weather Radar (DWR), OCEANSAT (scatterometer, total precipitable water content) data etc. of global oceans in to the global (22Km grid scale)/meso-scale(9Km grid scale) forecast systems.

As and when the cyclone systems move in to the 500Km surveillance range of DWRs, identification of strong wind zones and pockets of heavy rainfall within the core cyclone area is carried out and their rapid changes are monitored on continuous basis. ESSO-IMD currently operates 5-Doppler Weather Radars (DWR) at Chennai, Machilipatnam, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Sriharikota on the east coast, 679 Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) and 1292 Automatic Rain Gauges (ARG) covering all districts of India.

ESSO-IMD has conducted a survey on cyclone prone area in the country. Ninety six districts including 72 districts touching the coast and 24 districts not touching the coast, but lying within 100 km from the coast have been classified based on their proneness in terms of frequency of total cyclones & severe cyclones crossing the district; strength of actual/estimated wind speed and wind strength affecting the district, probable maximum storm surge (PMSS) and daily probable maximum precipitation (PMP) over the district based on data of 1891-2010. Out of 96 districts, twelve are very highly prone, forty one are highly prone, thirty are moderately prone and remaining thirteen are less prone. Twelve very highly prone districts include south and north 24 Praganas, Medinipur and Kolkata of West Bengal, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha, Nellore, Krishna and east Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh and Yanam of Puducherry.

Effective emergency response mechanisms are institutionalized in all coastal states /districts to execute all necessary action related response and safe relocation of likely affected communities from all most vulnerable villages in a highly structured /organized manner so as to ensure the minimal loss of life. In order to facilitate such actions, all coastal villages are connected with all weather approach roads for executing safe relief operations.

24X7 control room of Ministry of Home Affairs executes and guides the states governments as per the directions and decisions of the Crisis management Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary. 

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IMD Rain Forecast 
            
Rainfall for the country as a whole for the monsoon season from 1st June to 20th July, 2015 is 322.6 mm as against the normal rainfall of 348.0 mm which is 7% below the long period average (LPA).

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences ShriY.S.Chowdary in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today

Excepting North West India, all other homogenous regions have so far experienced below normal monsoon season rainfall.  State-wise details are given in Annexure-I here below. Detailed state-wise realized rainfall distribution is given below:

Sno.    
Regional rainfall scenario
so far
Departure from normal
States received below
normal rainfall so far
1
East and North East India
-6%
Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Bihar
2
North West India
+9%
Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh
3
Central India
-15%
Orissa, Gujarat, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Goa, Maharashtra
4
South Peninsula
-12%
Andaman & Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamilnadu,Puducherry, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep

Below normal rainfall over India as a whole realized so far during monsoon-2015 is largely attributable to the weak monsoon scenario prevailed for over 3-weeks during 26 June -18 July 2015. The rainfall forecast over the country as a whole during July is likely to be 92% of LPA and 90% of LPA during August both with a model error of ±9%.

El Nino has adversely affected the monsoon so far. As per the model forecasts, it is also expected to affect the monsoon in the coming months.  According to the latest status, moderate EL Nino conditions are persisting in the Pacific and latest forecasts indicate that the EL Nino conditions are likely to strengthen further during the remaining months of the monsoon season and post-monsoon season.

Gramin Krishi Seva Scheme (GKMS) is rendered now on twice - weekly basis in collaboration with State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), institutions of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) etc. Realized weather of the previous week and quantitative district level weather forecast for next 5 days in respect of rainfall, maximum temperature, minimum temperature, wind speed, wind direction, relative humidity and clouds as well as weekly cumulative rainfall forecast are provided. Further, crop specific advisories, generated in partnership with SAUs and ICAR, to help the farmers are issued and widely disseminated for planning possible contingency actions.

The GKMS of Earth System Science Organization - India Meteorological Department (ESSO- IMD) has been successful in providing the crop specific advisories to the farmers at the district/agro - climatic zone level twice weekly through different print/visual/Radio/ IT based wider dissemination media including short message service (SMS) and Interactive Voice Response Service (IVRS) facilitating for appropriate field level actions.

Weekly rainfall forecast scenario followed by 15-day outlook is issued on every Thursday during the months of June-September for planning appropriate actions.

The Crop Weather Watch Group of MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE coordinates with ESSO-IMD, Central Water Commission, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutions and the State Governments to review on a weekly basis (on every Friday) the weather forecast scenario as it impacts on agriculture, Progress of Sowing, Crop health including incidence of Pest Attacks and availability of inputs etc. The steps suggested under this process are available at www.agricoop.nic.in/weather.html.

The level in Water Reservoirs is monitored by the Central Water Commission (CWC).
Annexure-1
STATE-WISE RAINFALL (MM) DISTRIBUTION PERIOD 1-06-2015 To   20-07-2015
Period:
S. NO.
UT/STATE/
ACTUAL (mm)
NORMAL (mm)
% DEP.
REGION : EAST AND NORTH EAST INDIA
605.1
640.6
-6%
1
ARUNACHAL PRADESH
896.9
862.2
4%
2
ASSAM
641.5
735.8
-13%
3
MEGHALAYA
1065.2
1396.1
-24%
4
NAGALAND
249.8
622.5
-60%
5
MANIPUR
491.5
670.8
-27%
6
MIZORAM
588.1
727.9
-19%
7
TRIPURA
676.3
733.5
-8%
8
SIKKIM
1017.6
799.7
27%
9
WEST BENGAL
629.2
573.7
10%
10
JHARKHAND
474.9
414.7
14%
11
BIHAR
316.3
398.2
-20%
REGION : NORTH WEST INDIA
221.9
203.3
9%
1
UTTAR PRADESH
253.2
273.1
-7%
2
UTTARAKHAND
439.6
430.7
2%
3
HARYANA
159.4
146.7
9%
4
CHANDIGARH (UT)
257.3
302.2
-15%
5
DELHI (UT)
314.4
196.6
60%
6
PUNJAB
158.9
162
-2%
7
HIMACHAL PRADESH
267.8
278.2
-4%
8
JAMMU & KASHMIR
274.7
175.2
57%
9
RAJASTHAN
143.6
141.2
2%
REGION : CENTRAL INDIA
315.6
370.9
-15%
1
ODISHA
408.5
426.5
-4%
2
MADHYA PRADESH
338.4
313.3
8%
3
GUJARAT
139.4
271
-48%
4
DADAR & NAGAR HAVELI (UT)
417.2
954.7
-56%
5
DAMAN & DIU (UT)
228.8
747.3
-69%
6
GOA
1218.2
1608.5
-24%
7
MAHARASHTRA
290.6
421.4
-31%
8
CHHATTISGARH
444.9
425.2
5%
REGION : SOUTH PENINSULA
262.9
297.3
-12%
1
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR (UT)
602.6
692.8
-13%
2
ANDHRA PRADESH
186.2
213.2
-13%
3
TELANGANA
258.1
276.5
-7%
4
TAMIL NADU
75.5
87
-13%
5
PONDICHERRY (UT)
47.2
83.4
-43%
6
KARNATAKA
324.6
373.7
-13%
7
KERALA
852.8
1141
-25%
8
LAKSHADWEEP (UT)
469.5
518.6
-9%
COUNTRY : INDIA
322.6
348
-7%

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HAIL Control Technology 
The Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Shri Y.S.Chowdary told Lok Sabha in a written reply today that 10-minutes updates of cloud characteristics and rainfall rate and associated spatial distribution are getting generated for very short range (6hour) in areas covered under the radial range of Doppler Weather Radars (DWRs). He said that “Nowcast” of various severe weather phenomena including severe thunder storms and associated possible hail storm activity is becoming possible because of this. He further informed the house that specific agro-meteorological advisories preceding three major Hail/severe thunder storm events that severely impacted parts of Maharashtra-NW & Central India during 28 Feb. – 1 March and during 13-16 March; J & K during 28-30 March of 2015 were issued on 27th Feb./3rd March; 12-13/17th March and 27/31 March respectively under Gramin Krishi Mausam Seva (GKMS) Program of ESSO-IMD for safeguards/remedial measures.

The Minister said that there was specific Feedback from Farmers which indicated that

i) Farmers from Uttarakhand harvested Toria crop prior to the intense rain spell that saved from shattering atleast 50% of its recorded yield (2.5 t/ha).

ii) 8-Farmers from different villages of Amaravati District of Maharashtra have harvested their vegetable crops so as to avoid damage from the hail/rain. 


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